BLVD Treatment Centers in Los Angeles, CA

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(4.8 of 5)
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448 S. Hill Street Suite 303
Los Angeles CA 90013

BLVD Treatment Centers Philosophy

The BLVD philosophy emphasizes mindfulness, meditation, trauma work, giving back, creative self expression, community, and the importance of laying solid groundwork for a soulful and sustainable recovery. The approach to addiction is tri-fold, offering treatment that focuses on the mind, body and spirit. Through comprehensive outpatient services for alcohol and drug addiction, BLVD helps clients change their negative self perceptions and beliefs. Treatment is based on AA’s 12-Steps of recovery, and is administered in conjunction with group and individual therapy sessions.

Areas of Specialization

  • Medical Detoxification
    Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.

  • Holistic Therapy
    Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.

Facility Highlights

Alcohol and drug detox

Designed to look more like a downtown boutique hotel than addiction treatment center

Affordable treatment covered by PPO insurance

Meet the Staff

Dr. Lauren Costine, PhD

Chief Clinical Officer

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Among her extensive list of accomplishments, Lauren Costine is a clinical psychologist, author, educator, advocate, activist, and one of BLVD’s founding members. Her work focuses on addiction and codependency issues, co-occurring disorders, depth psychology, psychodynamic and family systems modalities, and LGBTQ-affirmative psychotherapy. Previous to her work at BLVD, Lauren acted as the Family Counselor at a local substance abuse recovery center for over five years. Lauren is also currently an Adjunct Faculty member in the Masters of Psychology program at Antioch University.

Alexia Rigos, LMFT

Therapist

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Volunteering and then interning at various schools, Alexia’s work would take her into addiction counseling. For the next three years she worked at a treatment center specializing in treating clients with addiction, HIV, and co-occurring disorders. She also volunteered regularly at a Hollywood non-profit organization where she and her brother would serve food to inner city underprivileged youth while providing them a safe place to gather and socialize. Now, as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Alexia believes that it was the love and support of her own family that drove her passion to want to help others in need.

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ABOUT BLVD TREATMENT CENTERS

With facilities in West Los Angeles, Hollywood, San Diego, Portland, and Orange County, BLVD Treatment Centers is a growing organization focused on providing intensive outpatient (IOP) and residential treatment for young adults. Located near the beach in a stylish hotel-like building, the West Los Angeles location offers an array of specialized therapy tracks in its IOP and supportive housing, including ones for LGBT individuals, clients age 35 and older, and professionals. Medically monitored detox services are available at BLVD's Hollywood and Riverside County locations.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

Treatment at this facility begins with an initial assessment phone call, and some clients are admitted within 24 hours. Intensive outpatient programming includes biopsychosocial assessment and dual diagnosis treatment for co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders is provided. Upon admission to a BLVD treatment center, clients can choose between a traditional 12-step approach to recovery along the lines of Alcoholics Anonymous, a SMART Recovery track, and an approach that incorporates concepts from Buddhism.

All programs utilize trauma-informed treatment, including individual and group counseling, art therapy, social interaction, cognitive behavioral therapy, drug testing, and education addressing such topics as nutrition, relationships, and emotion regulation. Family involvement is limited and determined for each individual's treatment plan.

BLVD also offers an aftercare program for alumni of the IOP, which encourages continued sober living services and regular individual therapy sessions if desired.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

The BLVD treatment team includes a licensed clinical psychologist, master's level therapists, and case managers, according to information provided to Rehabs.com by the facility. Some employees are in personal recovery and at least one teaches at a local university.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

While the agency's website reports that the Riverside County detox center has six beds in private and semi-private rooms, no details regarding the West Los Angeles facility's capacity are provided. However, housing for IOP clients is represented as hip, playful, and comfortable. Clients are allowed use of their cellphones and electronic devices. Amenities include gourmet meals and fresh smoothies, beautiful outdoor lounging spaces, and opportunities to participate in yoga, equine therapy, drum circles, and acupuncture.

Facility staff members are available to assist clients with travel arrangements.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

The three alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date indicated that BLVD is a stylish and effective facility for holistic addiction treatment. The facility's affordability, cleanliness and upkeep, treatment effectiveness, and counseling options all received perfect five-star ratings from all three former clients.

One reviewer rated meals just three stars, and another indicated that treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders was dissatisfying. With these exceptions, all other ratings for the facility's elements, including the staff's level of training and experience and opportunities for family participation, were four or five stars.

Four additional alumni submitted reviews to Rehabs.com; all but one were highly favorable. Two of the seven alumni highlighted the importance of mindfulness in BLVD's approach. Three complimented the staff and the stylish environment. The sole critical reviewer wrote that the program was not genuine.

Alumni opinions were more polarized in 14 Yelp reviews. The majority gave five-star ratings, while a few awarded just one star out of five. Repeated criticism focused on insufficient staffing. Positive alumni praised the caring and respectful staff.[1]

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

The sole loved one polled by Rehabs.com was overwhelmingly positive. The reviewer awarded five stars for every metric measured, including staff experience and holistic offerings.

Four Yelp reviews were submitted by family members, three positive and one negative. All positive reviewers agreed that the treatment was effective, while opinions about the staff were mixed. One agreed with alumni who reported concerns about under-staffing but characterized the counselors as attentive and supportive. One relative disagreed about the program's value, writing, "I did not see anything productive happening here."[2]

WHAT STAFF SAY

The two employees surveyed by Rehabs.com gave the facility positive feedback and high ratings for the same aspects alumni praised, including treatment effectiveness, accommodations, and a variety of counseling approaches.

FINANCING

BLVD accepts private insurance PPO coverage and payment plans can be arranged for private pay. Some financial assistance is available.

[1] https://www.yelp.com/biz/blvd-treatment-centers-los-angeles
[2] https://www.yelp.com/biz/blvd-treatment-centers-los-angeles

Published on August 2017

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I am so grateful to Blvd and their amazing staff that helped me in my recovery journey. I went to their Hollywood location I have been sober since I first went there on January 23, 2016 I have a new life now Thank you!

This is an amazing treatment center! It changed my life in so many positive ways. They saved my life!

This organization is the most disenjenuine organization on this planet.... you need to stay away from this place.

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Very high standard of treatment and care in a modern, hip environment

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It's great at what it does. Easy to understand. I had a great exxperience with the facility. They were very kind and invovling with the care and treatment. Would definitely recommend to those in need.

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They focus on mindfulness as the basis for treatment.

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Very compassionate therapists. Lots of art and meditation therapies. Very little 12 step practices, but constant access to 12 step meetings. EMDR is AMAZING! Sometimes the staff seems a bit disorganized. Perfect place for people in their 20's or 30's that want to be in a very hip environment.

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The quality of therapists is extremely high. Clinicians and support staff are extremely dedicated. Able to provide a wide variety of services and options. The facilities are well designed and comfortable. However, it doesn't offer the locations and amenities of more expensive treatment centers. Most often treatment centers offer either a 12 Step or non-12 Step approach, rarely do they offer both as does BLVD. BLVD Centers are also located in the metropolitan area with access to all of the benefits a city has to offer.

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The facility is designed and furnished really well. I never felt like I wanted to leave early, or like I didn't want to be there. Everyone's case manager was awesome. I would have been happy with any of them being my case manager. The facilitators always had new material. It was great. There were alot of clients for a month stretch. 14 in a group. Before and after that there were usually like 10. It's can happen at any iop though. The staff really took their time with me. I had a rough time this last time out, and they loved me back to feeling good about self. It was so much fun too. I was at Blvd for just over 3 months and never got tired of it. That's important if you're in treatment, trust me.

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It's awesome. It's really cool.

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